For fans who have grown fatigued watching long games from the New York Mets (10-7), the team did them a favor by basically deciding the game early yesterday. Steven Matz couldn’t record an out against the Philadelphia Phillies (10-6), giving up eight runs (six earned) in the first inning to put the Mets in a massive hole they couldn’t dig out of in a 14-3 loss. The good news for the Mets is that Drew Gagnon and Paul Sewald managed to finish off the game by themselves, sparing the rest of the bullpen for today’s matinee. First pitch for the rubber game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at Citizen’s Bank Park.
The Mets will send righty Zack Wheeler (1-1, 7.47 ERA) to the mound today. Wheeler is coming off his best start of the season, allowing two runs in six innings to beat the Atlanta Braves last Friday, so the Mets are hoping he can build on that performance. The Phillies will counter with veteran right hander Jake Arrieta (2-1, 2.25 ERA). Arrieta was also victorious his last time out, allowing one run in seven innings to beat the Miami Marlins last Friday.
New York Mets Lineup:
- Wheeler is 4-1 with a 3.36 ERA in 10 career starts against the Phillies.
- Arrieta is 2-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 10 starts against the Mets lifetime.
- Cesar Hernandez is 7 for 14 in his career against Wheeler.
- Brandon Nimmo, who left last night’s game with a stiff neck, is out of the lineup today. Keon Broxton will start in center field and bat eighth.
- Wilson Ramos will sit the day game after a night game. Travis d’Arnaud will catch and bat seventh.